Speech Room

Hey guys! I wanted to give you a quick tour of my speech room this year. Many of the labels, signs, and other speech room decor pieces are all part of my newest SLP Organization and Decor packet, which you can snag here at my TPT store!

I'm so excited to have you stop in! Come on, let's take a closer look...

I wanted to go with a welcoming and exciting theme this year. I love how calming the blue and green color combination feels!

More pics coming soon!

Categories Speech Therapy | Movement Activities for Kids

Movement Activities for Speech Therapy 

Do your speech therapy students need to MOVE? As we all know, exercise is a GOOD thing, and while I'm no PT/ gym teacher/ fitness specialist (and whatever other title you can come up with), I do know that kids learn best when they are engaged in an activity. Movement activities for kids can be used in your speech therapy session- with amazing results. I created a categories speech therapy packet specifically for my students that just aren't that into sitting in a chair all day. I know your students will love these activities, too!

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Categories Speech Therapy Packet

Okay, so this past year, I kept reading and reading about how important it is for kids to move while they're learning. Not only will your student be more engaged (mine have!), but it truly benefits them. Kids learn best when they're moving. I know your day gets crazy and sometimes, the thought of having to "try something new" is just overwhelming. I get it. As a working mom, I'm just... tired. A lot. I've found, however, that incorporating simple movement activities throughout the day not only helps my students- it helps me, as well.

categories speech therapy- movement activities for kids in speech therapy. FUN!

No Prep Speech Therapy

Movement and learning go together. I believe it so much, that I've been creating packets that are entirely focused around movement-based learning. I've got an apraxia of speech packet, and a categories packet. I'm working on a whole lot more Kinesthetic Communication packets, because 1) I believe in this- strongly and 2) I want to make things easier for you. I'm a big believer in low prep and no prep speech therapy materials whenever possible, because I often find myself absolutely swamped with things to do during the day. Having materials handy that I can just print and run with make my day that much better.

This categories packet targets the following skills:
  • labeling what category a picture belongs to
  • category sorting
  • identifying items in a given category
  • identifying the item that doesn't belong in a category
  • naming items in categories
  • explaining how items are alike
  • explaining how items are different

This categories packet is available in my TPT store. You can also purchase the Apraxia of Speech Kinesthetic Communication packet for even more movement-based learning!

Disclaimer: This is not meant to be an exercise program. Please ensure that the student you are working with is able to participate in physical activity exercises and stretches prior to completing any worksheets. With any form of exercise, there is a risk of injury. Consulting with a medical professional is recommended if you are unsure if your student is able to complete any suggested tasks. All tasks suggested are voluntary.These worksheets are for educational purposes only.

SLP CFY | Articulation Speech Therapy Guide

CFY-SLP: the Survival Guide for Articulation
You've finished grad school (or are just about to finish grad school) in Speech- Language Pathology. CONGRATS! Perhaps you've just started your new position, and you're pumped to be able to sign that CFY-SLP at the end of your name. You should be proud, because this is a huge accomplishment. Soon, you'll be managing your own caseload. With this comes a set of challenges, and unfortunately, your new employer isn't going to hand you the "how to" manual. I'd like to help you out there. When I started working, I encountered some pretty challenging articulation and phonological disorders cases. I spent hours doing the following things: scouring the internet for SLP posts about various subjects, taking CEUs, asking my colleagues for help. I was overwhelmed. I had a HUGE caseload, and I didn't know where to start. There was so much information out there, but not enough time in the day.

Articulation and Phonological Disorders

I decided to create a "how to" guide. It's basically a "how to not do all the things I did" and "use what I found ACTUALLY works instead" guide, but that title didn't sound quite as catchy! In this guide I'll share my best tips on how to treat variety of articulation and phonological disorders. I'll explain my favorite ways to correct a lisp or a vocalic /r/. I'll go over in detail how I work on suppressing active phonological processes. I've had graduate students before- my goal with this guide is to provide you with the same knowledge and information that I provided to them. I'll also be brutally honest in the guide. I've made TONS of mistakes along the way. Write this one down: never, never ask a student with a lateral lisp to say the word "sit" in front of his mom. It was a very memorable session for me (and probably my patient's mom), but you know what? I learned from it. Don't choose words that will accidentally result in your student/ patient/ client cursing, and figure out how to effectively remediate a lateral lisp.

CFY-SLP Tips and Tricks for Speech and Language Therapy

My hope is that you will reference this guide, not only throughout your clinical fellowship year, but years later. This free printable is a taste of a product that is in the works, and will feature even more tricks, tips, and "DON'T DO THIS" advice for treating receptive and expressive language disorders.
I am continually learning new things. I certainly don't know it all, but I know I've made some improvements along the way. The absolute COOLEST thing ever is when you start to see your kids making progress. What we do is SO important. This entire guide is low ink, because I have this tiny worry that you might not have easy access to a color printer. So download it, sit back, and enjoy while drinking your favorite beverage. You can write CFY-SLP after your name, and that is the result of INCREDIBLY hard work. Now, please, let me help you absolutely crush your clinical fellowship year. You've got this.

Looking for some help with language disorders? The entire CFY-SLP Speech and Language Guide is available at my store.

Speech Therapy for Toddlers | Speech and Language Activities for Nonverbal Children

Hey friend! Speech therapy for toddlers doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as you might think, and I’m so glad you stopped by. By the way, if you have have a child (or teach a child) who is not toddler-aged, but is non-verbal or minimally verbal, I know you'll find some great ideas here. Not only am I a pediatric Speech- Language Pathologist, but I’m a mama, too! My baby boy is almost 11 months, and we’re basically doing speech and language activities at home, all day, every day. What a lucky boy he is, right?  (Cue the eye rolls from my husband). In all seriousness, though, language development is super important, so I’ve put together some speech therapy activities you can use with your little at home (or in the classroom or therapy room). Just an FYI- these ideas aren’t meant to replace you taking your kiddo in for a speech therapy evaluation or speech therapy session, especially if you have concerns! Early intervention is key, and the more carryover you as a fabulous parent can do at home- the better!

Speech Therapy for Toddlers


My Thoughts on Speech Therapy Tools for Toddlers and Children who are Nonverbal

Let’s just get a few things out of the way first. If you’re on a tight budget, don’t freak. You don’t need to spend hundreds on fancy toys or pay for cable to watch “educational” shows. In fact, research is telling you to do just the opposite: kids learn language from face-to-face interaction, not from hearing it on the television.

Screen time actually rewires the brain, and not in a good way. It’s actually pretty scary when you read about it. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends zero screen time for children under 18 months. It really doesn’t matter what the content of the show is- my advice to you is to turn off the TV, hide your smart phone, and do whatever it takes- because it really does matter.

speech therapy for toddlers! speech and language activities to try at home!


Speech Help for Toddlers and Children who are Nonverbal

If your toddler or older child isn’t talking yet- or is only talking a little - you might consider introducing some form of multimodal communication. Don’t panic- that just means allowing your child- or student- to use lots of ways to talk- like signs, gestures, or communication boards. Start with a few basic signs containing core vocabulary, such as ‘more’, ‘want’, ‘stop’, ‘go’, ‘eat’, ‘drink’. Think basic verbs, adjectives, or prepositions. Of course, signs like mama, dada, hi, or other meaningful words can be great starters, too! You can absolutely still talk in sentences, but don’t be afraid to sign those target words, and then say the target word one more time for good measure.

speech therapy for toddlers

Speech Therapy Activities You Can Try At Home

My biggest tip? Talk all day long to your child, even if he isn’t responding yet. You might feel like a crazy lady, talking to yourself, but remember- it really does help! Talk about what you’re doing, what he’s doing, and describe things. Here are examples of modeling language:

“Why should we push the ball? We want it to go down.”

“Put the green ball ON top. Let’s push the ball. Look! It’s going DOWN! Down.” (Please make sure there are no small parts or choking hazards! But you already knew that ;-) Just went into helicopter mama mode, sorry!)

speech therapy for toddlers

Sometimes modeling actions- and simply saying the verbs- is super fun. “Shake, shake, shake! It’s your turn!”

speech therapy for toddlers

Make reading interactive! Read the words, but don’t stop there! 

“Let’s read a book together. Book. It’s so soft! It’s a soft book. Can you open the soft book? Open. Great work!”

“Let’s turn the page. Look at that snappy crocodile!” I then make my fingers “snap” against his arm. (We were reading "Charlie Monkey", in case you're wondering!)

“Let’s feel how soft the big, brown gorilla is. He’s soft. It’s mama’s turn. Now it’s your turn! Okay, let’s turn the page!”

speech therapy for toddlers

“Let’s push it and make the fish go. Push it down. Down! Go, fish, go! Awesome job!”

speech therapy for toddlers

“I want to pull the colorful flower down. Let’s pull it down. Down! Look! Wow! It’s going back UP now!”

speech therapy for toddlers

“It’s mama’s turn to make the ball GO. Ready, set, GO!” Bounce the ball and say something like, “Bounce, bounce, bounce! We bounced the round, colorful ball!” Before you toss the ball in the air, say and sign the word up. “Up. Mama’s going to throw the ball UP in the air! Look!”

speech therapy for toddlers

Hopefully this gave you some speech therapy ideas for toddlers- or kiddos of any age using augmentative and alternative communication! Keep modeling language through play! Keep it fun and interactive! That’s how kids learn best. You’ll absolutely want to follow my speech therapy for toddlers board on Pinterest for more fabulous ideas! In addition, you'd love my parent handouts for modeling core vocabulary- these are super easy ideas for implementing language modeling all day and throughout the year!

Teacher Appreciation Sale on TPT

Are you ready to shop?!
You can save 20% off my ENTIRE store May 8th & 9th, plus an extra 8% when you enter the promo code "thankyou17".

If you're like me, the end of the the school year is approaching. Don't stress out in these last few weeks. You can shop all of my no prep resources here. Send home my no prep, low ink parent handouts to encourage carryover this summer, or get ready for fall with these resources.
AAC Carryover Handouts for Parents

speech therapy parent handouts for AAC! You'll love these no prep, low ink handouts- make AAC carryover easy!

Minimal Pairs & More Bundle
Minimal Pairs for phonological disorders- make your life easier with this no prep speech therapy packet!

Middle School Speech Therapy Bundle
carryover articulation that your middle school speech therapy students will actually enjoy!

Preschool Speech Therapy Ideas

The Basic Concepts BUNDLE is available! Wahoo! I have a lot of students working on various goals centered around basic concepts, so I wanted to create engaging resources to target this important skill. These are the concepts that students will be expected to understand all day long at school.
"Get in line BEHIND so and so..."
"BEFORE we take attendance, we'll do calendar time."
"Write your name at the TOP of the page."
I could go on, but you get the idea! Your students NEED to understand basic concepts to be successful in the classroom. Why not make learning the concepts fun and interactive?

speech therapy basic concepts bundle: fall, winter, spring and summer basic concepts

There are activities for every season, so you'll be set throughout the year.

speech therapy basic concepts bundle: fall, winter, spring and summer basic concepts

Each packet includes:

✔ (1) Basic concepts seasonal flip book, which targets a variety of basic concepts, including next to/ beside, same/ different, over/under, behind/ in front of, first/ second/ third, and first/ middle/ last.

✔(2) “I can… follow directions” worksheets, which target following directions (basic and multi-step) containing location and size basic concepts.

✔(1) Following Directions Prompt Page: SLP or teacher reads directions to student. Use this page along with “I can… follow directions” worksheets.

✔(2) I can… spin & find the opposites worksheets, which target basic concepts that are paired together because they are opposites (for example, hot/ cold).

✔(1) Roll It! Answer It! Time Basic Concepts: cut out the cube template provided and assemble it. Student will answer each “time” basic concept “when” question asked on the cube.

✔(3) Hide & Peek… First/ Middle/ Last: these basic concept worksheets target first, middle & last. Student will listen to each instruction to lift the correct flap before answering each question.

✔(1) Hide & Peek: SLP/ Teacher page: this page includes the flap pieces to be used on the Hide & Peek: First/ Middle/ Last basic concept worksheets. Cut out and glue where indicated. Student will lift these flaps in order to follow directions containing basic concepts.

speech therapy basic concepts bundle: fall, winter, spring and summer basic concepts

speech therapy basic concepts bundle: fall, winter, spring and summer basic concepts

I'm so excited to finally be able to share this interactive discount Basic Concepts Bundle with you! These activities are perfect for the SLP, preschool teacher, and special education teacher. Be sure to also check out my other discount bundles here. Also, if you're completing your CFY, I've got you covered too- here are my must have recommendations from my store for your CFY year.

Thanks for stopping by!

It's Spring! Fresh Ideas for Speech Therapy

I'm feeling excited to have the opportunity today to link up with the Frenzied SLPs for their super fun spring-themed blog hop!
I've enjoyed reading all of the posts so far and have gotten some fresh ideas for therapy! I'm currently on spring break right now, and enjoying every second with my baby boy... but I do know that next week will be here soon! So here's what I have planned for April in my speech therapy room:

Spring makes me think of rain, puddles, and bugs. If you're looking for a quick, low ink activity for your preschoolers, you might want to scoop up my bug-themed Preschool Print & Go packet.

I'm planning on targeting directives and requesting with my kiddos who use AAC. That frog toy, by the way, is about $5 at Walmart. It's pretty awesome, because it croaks. Seriously. I got it last week, sooo... hop on that deal. Literally. (OH, and p.s. That's my personal iPad, and a communication app I have ON my personal iPad. It's called LAMP. I'm using this pic for demonstration purposes, not to promote one device company over another- these toys would work great with whatever communication board or system your students are using!)

I JUST finished creating this book companion, and I'm pumped about it. That's pumped with a capital P, folks. Seriously. This product has consumed me for the past month. It was one of those, you're already in bed, but you need to turn the light on so you can document another idea you have for a worksheet type of packets.
In other words, my husband is so, so glad I finally finished this one!

It's a spring-themed book companion for ANY book! I designed it with my upper elementary kiddos in mind.

Alright, so I'll finish with this. I mentioned that frog I bought at Walmart earlier in my post. (Scroll up if you missed it). Well, while I was at Walmart, I ALSO found a 98 CENT CARROT JUMP ROPE. Whhhhhhhhhhhaaaaat?! My first thought was, "OMG. OMG. It's less than a dollar." That means when my husband checks the credit card bill, he won't be like, "Uhhh... what on earth did you buy?" The possibilities for therapy with this 98 cent carrot jump rope... endless. ENDLESS. I had to have it. Also, my husband had dropped me and baby boy off so he could tackle Lowe's on his own, and there I was, just me and an almost 8 month old, who looked very intrigued by the colorful carrot handles... so yes, I put it in my cart. I put it in my cart, then I went home and created this freebie, just for you. Okay, well, for me too. But please download it and leave some love. And remember, the carrot jump rope is not included.

Get it by clicking here.
I hope this post provided you with a few fresh ideas for spring. As always- thanks for stopping by!
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